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How to Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 in HTC Explorer


It’s been a while since HTC released a list of the devices which will get Official ICS update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Some devices, like HTC Explorer were left out in the wild. Now, thanks to some developers at XDA, we finally have Android ICS for the little device. All credits are due to derefas for the build and savvas for the kernel.

What’s Not Working

-Camera

-Bluetooth(Fixed, will be released in the next build)

-Voice search
INSTRUCTIONS

Download Latest version of Google Apps for ICS from the Goo.im repository :

http://goo.im/gapps

Download the Cyanogenmod 9 Build 2 here : (Just click the link displayed after you fill out the number challenge) http://narod.ru/disk/59245691001.865…d%209.zip.html

For the first time Installers :

– Root (If you don’t know what I am talking about, you’re in the wrong section. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Root+HTC+Explorer will solve it for you.
– Copy The Google Apps and The CM9.zip to your SD Card’s base directory.
– Boot into Recovery by holding down Vol-Down button while powering up the device. Select Recovery via the vol-up and vol-down buttons after booting into bootloader(Skating androids). Navigate to “Recovery” and press the power button.

– Select Data Wipe/Factory reset

– Choose Install Zip From SD Card –> Choose Zip –> CM9.zip
– Flash CM9 zip from SDCard
– Same way, Flash Google Apps zip from SDCard
– Reboot
– Install Youtube and Google Maps from PlayStore as they’re not included.

Upgrading from earlier version of CyanogenMod 9:
– Copy CM9 ZIP to your SDCard
– Boot into Recovery
– Flash CM9 zip from SDCard
– Reboot

That’s it. You’re now running Android 4.0.4 ICS on your HTC Explorer.

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